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Lois Ugbede is a junior politics reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. She currently covers some of the nation's big political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission. Twitter: @ugbedelois

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Voting in Rivers state

Election official killed in Rivers State — INEC

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, has confirmed the death of the commission's ad-hoc staff in Rivers State. Mr Yakubu said the staff, Amakiri Ibisaki, female, was hit by a "stray bullet". He said the commission condemned the killing and will provide the necessary report to…

Festus-Okoye

INEC gives first assessment of presidential, National Assembly elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is satisfied with the electoral process as the polls closed across the country for the presidential and National Assembly elections. There have been reports of violence, ballot box destruction, delay in polls opening in many states, and card reader malfunction. A national…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

INEC to extend voting time by hours lost

The Independent National Elector Commission (INEC) has said it will extend voting time by the hours lost. The national Commissioner of the commission, Festus Okoye, made this known while briefing journalist at the International Conference Center in Abuja. "What the commission has decided is that in any of the States…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

INEC complies with court order clearing APC for Zamfara elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has complied with the court order allowing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to field candidates in elections in Zamfara State. The Court of Appeal on Thursday dismissed a lower court ruling that stopped the party's candidates from contesting. The governorship and…

Permanent Voter Cards

No genuine PVC, no voting – INEC Chairman

Anybody who does not possess a valid permanent voters card (PVC), or whose PVC is not authenticated by a card reader and 'biometrics taken' will not be allowed to vote on Saturday, the chairman of the electoral commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, said on Friday. Mr Yakubu said this while briefing…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a stakeholders meeting on 2019 General Elections’ postponement, in Abuja on Saturday (16/2/19). 01462/16/2/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

I won’t resign, says INEC Chairman Yakubu

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has said he has no reason to resign from office. The chairman said this at a press briefing on Thursday in Abuja. "I am not under any pressure. Will I consider resign? I see no reason to even contemplate…

Permanent Voter Cards

UPDATED: Buhari’s Katsina leads in percentage of PVCs collected

Katsina leads Nigeria's other 35 states and Abuja in the percentage of registered voters who have collected their permanent voters' cards (PVCs). This is contained in the data released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday. President Muhammadu Buhari, one of the contenders in the presidential race, is…

Voters queuing to cast their votes at ward 102, Adereti, Olode village, during the Osun State Governorship Re-run Election on Thursday (27/9/18). 05168/27/9/18/Timothy Adeogodiran/ICE/NAN

UPDATED: It’s Official: Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina lead in PVCs collected for election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday released the final breakdown of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) collected before Saturday's presidential election. A total of 72.8 million PVCs have been collected across the country as at February 11, with Lagos and Kano leading. The INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this…

Permanent Voter Cards

72.8 million PVCs collected, eligible to vote in Saturday’s elections – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the total number of collected Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) across Nigeria is 72,775,585. This implies that the total number of votes across the country for the presidential election cannot be more than 72,775,585 as only persons with PVCs can be allowed to…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu (2nd, L) and some National Commissioners, at a news conference to announce the shift of Saturday’s (today) presidential and National Assembly elections to Feb. 23. The governorship and house of assembly, FCT area council elections have also been shifted from March 2 to March 9.

We have completed configuration of smart card readers – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has completed the configuration of smart card readers. The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, said this at the commission's third press briefing after the postponement of the elections. On Tuesday at its second briefing, the commission said the configuring of the…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

The law will take its course on ballot box snatchers – INEC boss

The Independent National Elector Commission (INEC) has said all electoral offenders will be punished according to the provisions of the electoral act. The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu made this known on Tuesday, reacting to the president's comment on ballot box snatchers. “The position of the commission is that…

FILE: From left: INEC National Commissioner, Prof. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine; INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu; and another INEC National Commissioner, Mr Festus Okoye, during the INEC Chairman’s meeting with Electoral Commissioners at the INEC headquarters in Abuja on Thursday (6/9/18).

Why we set up a separate logistics committee for 2019 elections — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained why it set up a separate ad-hoc committee for logistics. Mr Yakubu set up the advisory committee three months to the polls. Okechukwu Ibeanu, who heads the commission’s operations and logistics department, was not part of the 15-member advisory committee. The committee…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a stakeholders meeting on 2019 General Elections’ postponement, in Abuja on Saturday (16/2/19). 01462/16/2/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

SSS backs down, cancels summon of top INEC officials

The State Security Service (SSS) has backed down from its summon of top officials of the electoral commission, INEC. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the SSS summoned the head of INEC's operations and logistics department, Okechukwu Ibeanu, and four other officials of the agency. The others asked to appear before the SSS…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a stakeholders meeting on 2019 General Elections’ postponement, in Abuja on Saturday (16/2/19). 01462/16/2/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

INEC approves continuation of election campaigns

The electoral commission, INEC, has approved that campaigns continue ahead of Saturday's presidential and National Assembly elections. The elections were rescheduled early last Saturday hours before they were to commence. The presidential and National Assembly elections were shifted to February 23 while the state elections were shifted to March 9.…

President Muhammadu Buhari today at the APC National Caucus meeting at the Party’s Headquarters in Abuja

Election Postponement: APC Caucus meets, insists on campaigns

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has resolved to resume campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly elections, in defiance of the closure of campaigns by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The ruling party announced the resolution on Monday at the end of at its expanded national caucus meeting in…

APC Chieftain, Chief Bola Tinubu briefing State House Correspondents

Tinubu speaks on Buhari’s death threat against ballot box snatchers

A leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari was 'misinterpreted' over his comment that thugs that snatch ballot boxes in the upcoming polls, will do so "at the expense" of their lives. The president at the party's caucus meeting on Monday, Mr Buhari…

President Muhammadu Buhari 2

Election Postponement: Buhari pledges to demand explanation from “incompetent” INEC

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission to explain why it postponed elections on Saturday just about five hours before polling opened. Mr Buhari said INEC had shown "incompetence" and "inefficiency", and must explain to the nation what happened. He said this on Monday at…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: Oriental Times

Elections: Oshiomhole wants INEC reshuffled

The National Chairman of the APC on Monday requested that INEC reshuffle some of its senior officials. Adams Oshiomhole stated this at a caucus meeting of the APC in Abuja. The meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, 11 APC governors, and other party leaders. Mr…

The APC Caucus meeting [Photo: Novo Isioro]

Election Postponement: Buhari, Osinbajo attend APC caucus meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and 11 governors are currently attending the national caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress(APC). A national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, is also at the meeting. The party is meeting following Saturday's postponement of the general elections. The chairman of the…

Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha speaking with reporters after a meeting of APC governors with President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House Presidential Villa

Election Postponement: Okorocha counters Buhari campaign, PDP

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has countered claims by President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign council and the Peoples Democratic Party on who is to blame for the postponement of Saturday's presidential elections. The presidential and National Assembly elections were early last Saturday postponed from February 16 to 23 while state…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a stakeholders meeting on 2019 General Elections’ postponement, in Abuja on Saturday (16/2/19). 01462/16/2/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

Campaigns remain closed – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said campaigns for the presidential and national assembly elections remain closed. The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said this at a press briefing with major stakeholders on Saturday, explaining the reasons for the postponement. The commission postponed the election from February 16 to February…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu at the stakeholders meeting

INEC lists five steps to addressing challenges before new election date

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has outlined six steps to resolve its logistics issues before the new date of the presidential and national assembly elections. The election, initially scheduled to hold February 16, was moved by INEC some hours to the election, citing logistics issues as the cause. According…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu at the Press briefing

Why we postponed 2019 elections — INEC Chairman

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, has given details of the "logistics and operational problems" he earlier said prompted the rescheduling of the 2019 general elections billed to start Saturday. The commission announced the shocking decision just hours before the opening of polls after repeatedly assuring…

Elections: Prominent Nigerian families divided by politics

As the 2019 general election approaches, a trend where family members support different candidates appears to be increasing. Those who in 2015 supported a particular candidate are on the opposing side for one reason or the other. Below are some prominent Nigerians whose family members support different candidates publicly. Bukola…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

INEC to postpone tomorrow’s elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is considering postponing Saturday's presidential and national assembly elections, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Multiple sources close to the electoral commission said the postponement being considered is due to some logistics challenges being faced by the commission in many states. The electoral body is facing…